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Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra test 1-1

Geneva may be more than a month away, but thanks in part to a leak, Pagani has revealed the Huayra. Instead of having to sit through a dull, unrevealing fifth teaser video, we now have full details and crisp, clean pictures of the supercar. And it looks like a million bucks—as well it should, because it will cost even more.

Pagani was in the middle of a rather slow, uncompelling teaser campaign when a few leaked images from Car magazine and CarsUK hit the Web and completely overshadowed the release of the fourth (of five) teaser video last Friday. We knew it was only a matter of time before Pagani salvaged what was left of its climactic reveal and came clean.


Gumpert To Unveil a Fast Tourer In Geneva

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


Gumpert Tornante test 2

It's really been a great year for supercars. We've already had a new Ferrari. The Pagani Huayra has leaked. The Lamborghini Aventador is coming. And now news of yet another exciting Geneva unveil: a Gumpert 'Fast Tourer'.

One of the rarer, less-known names even in a field of rare, low-profile supercars, Gumpert is the German force behind the track-focused (but road-legal), V8-powered Apollo. The new, two-seat Tourer was designed in conjunction with Italian firm Touring Superleggera, which was integral in Bentley's Continental Flying Star that debuted at last year's Geneva show. The new Gumpert is expected to become Gumpert's second production vehicle and will likely join the Apollo in Gumpert's line.


Detroit Auto Show Thumbs Up Or Down For New Vehicle Popularity

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Detroit Auto Show Thumbs Up Or Down For New Vehicle Popularity test 1-1

The old saying "everybody is a critic" rings true for movies, music, television, but particularly for auto shows. We all have our favorites. One person’s love of the Corvette can’t compare with another person’s love of the Mini Cooper. This year’s Detroit Auto Show proved to be no exception when it came to a variety of opinions about all the new designs, the fresh concepts, and whether or not the Detroit's Big 3 really are back from the brink of ruin.


Saab Plans To Unveil 9-5 SportCombi Wagon At Geneva This Year

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Saab Plans To Unveil 9-5 SportCombi Wagon At Geneva This Year test 1-1

The dust won’t be settled on the Detroit Auto Show when the next big auto extravaganza begins. This time all eyes in the automotive industry will be focused on the 81st Geneva International Motor Show. The show will run from March 3rd  through March 13th at the Geneva Palexpo. One of the 82 auto manufactures scheduled to priemier new cars at the show will be Saab. Saab will introduce the all new 9-5 SportCombi wagon. This reimagined SportCombi will gets its inspiration from the 9-5 sedan. America buyers will have to hold back their excitement until the fall when the car will become available at North American dealerships for the first time.


 

Mercedes Gets Artsy: Design Concet Sculpture To Be Unveiled Later This Month

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Gets Artsy: Design Concet Sculpture To Be Unveiled Later This Month test 1-1

Ordinarily the stretch of cold, bleak winter between the Detroit Auto Show in January and the Geneva Motor Show in March is a long, dull one in terms of full-on automobile debuts and concepts. But thanks to automakers' penchant to wish themselves happy birthday in the most lavish of ways, this year will be a little different. Autocar reports that Mercedes-Benz has an event planned for January 29 in honor of its 125th anniversary—which is also the 125th anniversary of the automobile itself. The company will unveil a new concept car, but the car will be built in an untraditional medium.

Instead of an actual car, Mercedes will pull cloth off of a sculpture of a new concept car. The move is similar to what it did last year at the North American International Auto Show when it used a "Rising Car" sculpture to preview its sporty F800 concept (pictured).


Automakers Duke It Out With Small Cars At This Year's Detroit Auto Show

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:27AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Automakers Duke It Out With Small Cars At This Year's Detroit Auto Show test 1-1

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Dateline: the Detroit Auto Show. In this corner we have the redesigned Honda Civic squaring off against the downsized Toyota Prius with the sporty Hyundai Veloster waiting to step into the ring. But before these upstart Asian entries think they’ll take home the championship belt, look out for the American Detroit Big Three as they step into the ring with their own small car knock outs.

We’ve got the GM subcompact Chevy Sonic itching to take on the Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta. But hold onto your seatbelts! Ford is coming into the arena with their own newly redesigned Ford Focus that they’ll pit against the Chevy Cruze or the Hyundai Elantra any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Folks, this is shaping up to be a small car battle royale the likes of which we’ve never seen before. No matter who is victorious in the auto show showdown, it will be the America car buyer who’s going to come out on top as the winner!


NAIAS 2010: The Europeans

On: Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 1:35PM | By: John Welch


2011 MINI Paceman Concept test 2

Our ability to judge whether the global economic scourge is still affecting the auto industry is strained at best. Car makers, such as Porsche, returned to the North American International Auto Show this year, and brought pretty fantastic product with them. Well, Porsche did anyway; the rest of Europe sort of threw up a mulligan, introducing little and exciting few. Volkswagen insulted us with another beancounter design, the Passat; BMW rolled out its new 6 Series convertible, as well as the highly publicized 1M Coupe; and Mercedes brought along their new S Class BluTec. Audi, of course, introduced its newest schnozmobile, the A6. Seen that A7? Yeah, I don't care about the A6 anymore either.

We break the new cars down by brand inside the post; let us know if you agree or disagree with our assesments, in the comments.


Porsche 918 Gets A Healthier Engine And Harder Top

On: Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 5:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 918 Gets A Healthier Engine And Harder Top test 1-1

It's not quite the all new, high-end supercar that we had hoped for, but leading up to the Detroit Auto Show, we expected Porsche to deliver a hard top version of the 918 Spyder Hybrid. And deliver Porsche did. Stuttgart debuted an all-new, race-ready 918 hard-top that packs even more power than the original concept from last year. And the 918 RSR looks pretty hot too.


Mercedes Officially Going Electric With the SLS AMG E-Cell

On: Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Officially Going Electric With the SLS AMG E-Cell test 1-1

Originally introduced last summer, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is officially go, widening the very slim all-electric supercar market. Mercedes announced the news on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and tied it into the 125th birthday of the [Benz-invented] automobile.

The SLS AMG E-Cell (which will undoubtedly come in some more flattering colors than that flourescent yellow job) (I hope) puts an electric spin onto Mercedes' gullwinged supercar, delivering 525 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque through a series of four electric motors. The motors are powered by a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.


NAIAS: Big Mouth Styling Comes To Detroit

On: Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 1:41PM | By: John Welch


Chevrolet Sonic test 2

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Mitsubishi's open nostriled schnoz or Audi's? One could argue that Aston Martin, or even Rolls Royce started this trend. I wanted to write a no-nonsense info article about all the new fangled curiosities circling the floor of the COBO Center, but after seeing my subjects lined up next to each other, I am unable to shake the creeping fear that gaping grilles are 'in' and here to stay.

Off the top of my head I can think of no less than nine new models or concept cars that are sporting rhinoplasty. The Chrysler 300, Ford C-Max, Ford Vertek, Mini Paceman, Honda Civic, Hyundai Curb, Toyota Prius C, The Mercedes SLS E-Cell (but all SLS models count), and the Chevy Sonic all feature grille work that is large, wide and ornamental. Not to mention the Audi A6 and all of its variants as well as the E-Tron. Granted, most of these examples are evolutions of previous design themes, but they were less exaggerated in their original flavors. These are the hood ornaments of the 21st Century, if you will.

The 2011 NAIAS played host to a smorgasbord of new technology, concept weirdness, and delightful presentations, but I was too busy staring at gorgeous, hook-nose free debutantes, such as the Porsche 918 RSR (they've riced it out already?!) and Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCA. Expect full write ups on both cars. We will feature coverage arranged by region throughout the week, but for now let's explore the besnouted new concepts and models on the NAIAS floor.


Auto Industry is on the Upswing for 2011 Detroit Auto Show

On: Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 1:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Auto Industry is on the Upswing for 2011 Detroit Auto Show test 1-1

How many tires can you fit into 750,000 square feet of convention center space? To get the answer to that riddle you’ll have to attend the upcoming North American International Auto Show set to open next week at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit. Due to the increase in domestic auto sales, the rise in retail spending, and the improvement in unemployment numbers, automakers are more than excited about the prospect of the upcoming auto show.

The last two years weren’t especially good for the Detroit auto show. Because of the downturn in the economy, automakers were staying away in droves. But now they’re all back with a vengeance. Nineteen new sponsors will be joining last year’s 23 returning companies. Those are good numbers for a convention of this size. And every corner of the 750,000 square feet center is booked solid!